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Pulitzers Dominated by Coverage Of Sept. 11 From New York Times

By Howard Kurtz
THE WASHINGTON POST -- The Pulitzer Prizes were dominated Monday by the Sept. 11 attacks, with the New York Times winning seven, including the public service medal for its special “A Nation Challenged” section, and The Washington Post winning two awards, one for national reporting of the war on terrorism.

The Wall Street Journal won the breaking news prize for publishing broad coverage on Sept. 12 of the attacks, after the collapse of the World Trade Center destroyed the newspaper’s offices.

The seven prizes won by the Times were an extraordinary haul that shattered the previous record; no newspaper has ever won more than three in a single year. And they underscored the extent to which the attacks on New York and Washington overshadowed most other journalistic work in 2001: Six of the seven were related to terrorism and the war in Afghanistan.

The Washington Post’s second Pulitzer, for investigative reporting, went to Sari Horwitz, Scott Higham and Sarah Cohen for exposing the D.C. government’s role in the neglect and deaths of 229 children placed in protective care. The Los Angeles Times also won two prizes.

The awards, administered by Columbia University, also included seven arts prizes, including the biography award to David McCullough for his book on John Adams.

It was an unusual year in that small and regional newspapers, which usually win a couple of awards in an attempt at geographic balance, were shut out. Twelve of the 14 prizes were grabbed by four of the largest and richest papers, all published in New York, Washington and Los Angeles.

At the New York Times, foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman won his third Pulitzer for his writing after Sept. 11 about the roots of terrorism. Correspondent Barry Bearak won the international reporting award for his chronicles of life in war-torn Afghanistan, and the Times staff won the explanatory reporting category for work on global terrorism. The newspaper also won both photography awards for work related to Sept. 11.